Nalut Hospital (Nalut Local Council website)A convoy of Tunisian doctors and civil society leaders arrived in the northwestern Libyan town of Nalut to provide free healthcare to the hospital of Nalut, and to discuss strategies for strengthening Tunisian-Libyan cooperation.
The convoy that arrived on the evening of Saturday, June 2, will remain in Nalut for two days.
Mehdi Trif, a specialist in cosmetic and plastic surgery in Medenine’s hospital told Radio Tataouine that he and his colleagues were invited to Libya because of the difficult health conditions there.
“We know that the situation is even tougher than that of southern Tunisia.”Mohamed Bahi, an Egyptian doctor at Nalut Hospital spoke of the hardships that he and other medical personnel face at the hospital. He told Tunisia Live that the hospital has suffered from a general lack of supplies and staff due to last year’s uprising against Colonel Muammar Gaddafi.“Before the war, there were doctors from different countries like Egypt, the UK, the Philippines, but most left when the war broke out,” Bahi explained. “Right now there are between 20 and 25 foreign doctors in Nalut Hospital,” he added.
According to Bahi, the Libyan National Transitional Council coordinated with Tunisian authorities for the initiative. The Nalut branch of the Libyan Red Crescent also collaborated, as well as the Medenine-based Loyalty and Dignity Association.According to the Tunisian Press Agency (TAP), a meeting will also be held today between Libyans and Tunisian civil society members of the convoy.
The meeting will discuss areas of cooperation between the governorate of Medenine and the Libyan town of Nalut.
Its main aim is to brainstorm methods of establishing a joint medical school in Medenine.The meeting will also consider the proposals that emerged from previous meetings between the Loyalty and Dignity Association, the city of Medenine, and the Libyan town of Nalut.
This past session discussed the establishment of a Libyan consulate in Medenine, as well as various educational, cultural, and health exchanges between the two countries.